A book that honors a mother's faith: My review of Letters from War by Travis Thrasher and Mark Schultz

Publisher: Howard Books (September 6, 2011)

Based on the beautiful song written by Mark Schultz, Letters from War captures the story of a mother, Beth, who refuses to give up hope that one day she will again see her son, James, who has been missing for 2 years from his tour with the infantry in Afghanistan. Beth is able to face each day by writing a letter to James, while trying to be a support to his wife and son and James' sister as well. Beth clings most of all to her faith in God. The story follows the emotional journey of Beth as she must decide whether to give up hope and move on, or hold to her belief that James may still be alive.

Letters from War provides a beautiful picture of what a mother's faith in God can accomplish in the darkest of moments. The story honors men and women who give their life in service to their country, honors bravery and selflessness, and for that reason alone the story is worth the read. The characters are well-developed and realistically portrayed, and their interactions create an intensely emotional read. However, readers who most enjoy face-paced, action-packed dramas or thrillers should prepare themselves for a slower read if they are going to pick up this book. Both my wife and I love the song the book is based upon and were hoping to love the book as well, but the book just didn't capture and hold our attention the way we were hoping it would, resulting in the rating I have given the book. Despite that fact, the themes of the book are important ones and this book is likely to be a meaningful read for many people, especially those who have loved ones actively serving their country.

I mildly recommend this book and give it a rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

Book has been provided courtesy of the publisher for the purposes of this review.

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